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The earliest known record of St Leonard’s (Sutton Veny, Wiltshire) dates from 1240, the church continuing to serve the parish until the end of the 19th century. A major restoration in 1831 gave it a temporary reprieve but thirty five years later it was decided that the church, due to its instability, should be abandoned and a replacement built nearby. Today, with the exception of the chancel, it has fallen into ruin, the remaining 13th century structure an atmospheric reminder of past lives. Square format B&W photo showing the gothic arches of the ruined church of St Leonard's in Sutton Veny There was something quite haunting as I picked my way through the forgotten graves of those who once shared the key moments of their lives in a now abandoned church with crumbling walls standing gaunt against the sky. Square format B&W photo showing a metal grave marking with cross and the ruined church of St Leonard's in Sutton Veny

(All images are copyright to Noeline Smith)

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